London cycling infrastructure has some interesting ideas, but it does not come across as a coherent system. What I saw was a hodgepodge of stuff spread around the city with not much of an overall plan or connection.
For example, I saw a few of these bike signal lights. Oddly, they were in the crosswalk with the walk signal, not with the lights for the cars. Since bikes ride in regular car lanes, I’m not sure the point – anyone have insight?
I didn’t see a lot of bike lanes compared to Chicago, but the ones I saw were pretty special.
For example, this one is painted green and cuts through the pavement island, allowing cyclists to avoid the roundabout.
This one is physically separated for a few feet and allows cyclists to go the opposite direction on a one-way street. We definitely need this in Chicago.
But the markings are a bit mixed up and, as the picture shows, cars end up driving in the middle of the lanes.
London is an amazing city (I loved it and hope to return sometime soon!) and could be fantastic for cycling with a more developed infrastructure. I hope London has a strategic plan that it’s working on, because these interesting ideas are not very helpful as a seemingly random smattering across the city.